Northern Illinois University Press


Pressed against Divinity

W. B. Yeats's Feminine Masks

Janis Tedesco Haswell

"A closely argued, clearly written, intelligent treatment of an aspect of Yeats's work that is drawing increasing attention."—Choice

"A thoroughly original thesis, in a style and structure that are pleasing in their ingenuity and clarity.... It will take a leading place in a growing area of interest."—Margaret Mills Harper

What does it mean when a man writes in the voice of a woman? Haswell finds Yeats's answer in his theory of the creative self as bisexual that arose from his experiment in automatic writing.

(1997) 191 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-222-0
cloth $35.50

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Gender, the Mask, and Complementarity
2 The Sexual Daimon
3 The Feminine and the Heroic
4 The Wisdom of the Body
5 Gendered Voices in Moments of Crisis
6 Enacting the Feminine: Crazy Jane as Daimon
7 Power and the Mask
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-222-0
cloth $35.50